BATON ROUGE, LA (LOCAL33) (FOX44) – September is Childhood Obesity Month and the YMCA is encouraging you to get out and get active.
According to the CDC, 1 in 5 children has obesity.
“Childhood Obesity Awareness Month is just bringing attention to the fact that our rates of childhood obesity are skyrocketing.”
YMCA Personal Trainer Meredith Atterbery said obesity in children is caused by a number of factors.
“There is a combination of multiple factors. It is genetic, there are a number of environmental factors, also our reduction in activity and our food quality. So we’re just not as active as a society, but it takes a whole community to increase that activity level and bring awareness to the nutrition.”
To help change that, Atterbery said parents can lead by example.
“It’s really easy to say you go exercise, but it’s a lot more impactful to say let’s go exercise. It doesn’t have to be a structured regimented program, it’s simply being more active. Go out and do something fun. Go walk around the lakes and feed the ducks. Just find little ways to be more active over time.”
That example starts in the kitchen.
“Focus on those lean proteins and fruits and vegetables. The fewer the ingredients, usually the better the quality. You want to get closer to that natural state.”
Atterbery said these are all simple changes that can have a lasting impact.
“There are simple ways to get more active and simple ways to make better nutrition choices.”